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Fred Dewhirst Yates vs Charles Gilbert Marriott Watson
London (1922), London ENG, rd 1, Jul-31
Sicilian Defense: Hyperaccelerated Dragon (B27)  ·  1/2-1/2



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LONDON, Wed.->

The Watson-Yates game of chess, which Capablanca described as somewhat like a dog fight, ended in a draw at the eighty-third move.

It had already lasted six hours, when it was resumed.

The "Daily Mail" says that the match provided thrills.

It looked as if Yates was to win. He was a pawn ahead in a rook pawn ending. No one could think that Watson, with Australian experience only, could hold out against so strong an opponent. The Australian, however, made a wonderful fight, and actually threatened to snatch a win as a result of his opponent's slip. Only Yates' well-known skill at the end of games enabled him to secure a draw by a perpetual check.> -(United Service).>

- Recorder (Port Pirie, SA) issue Saturday 5 August 1922>

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Bg7 5. Nc3 d6 6. Be2 Nf6 7. O-O O-O 8. Be3 Bd7 9. f4 Nc6 10. Bf3 Ne8 11. Qd2 f5 12. exf5 gxf5 13. Rad1 Nf6 14. h3 Kh8 15. Qf2 a6 16. Rfe1 Nxd4 17. Bxd4 Bc6 18. Qe3 Re8 19. Nd5 Qa5 20. Bb6 Nxd5 21. Bxd5 Qb5 22. Bb3 Be4 23. Bd4 e5 24. Bc3 Rad8 25. Qg3 Bf6 26. fxe5 dxe5 27. Rxd8 Rxd8 28. Kh2 Qe8 29. Re2 Qe7 30. Rd2 Re8 31. Qf2 h6 32. Qe2 Bg5 33. Rd1 Bf4+ 34. Kg1 Qg5 35. Kf1 Be3 36. Be1 f4 37. Qg4 Bf5 38. Qxg5 hxg5 39. Bc3 Kg7 40. Rd6 Be4 41. Rd7+ Kf6 42. Ba5 b6 43. Rd6+ Ke7 44. Bb4 a5 45. Ba3 Bc5 46. Bxc5 bxc5 47. Ra6 Bf5 48. Rxa5 Rc8 49. Ra7+ Kf6 50. Ra6+ Ke7 51. Bc4 e4 52. Be2 Rd8 53. Ke1 e3 54. Rc6 Rd5 55. Bf3 Re5 56. c4 Kd7 57. Rb6 Be4 58. a4 Bxf3 59. gxf3 Kc7 60. Rg6 e2 61. a5 Kb7 62. Rb6+ Ka7 63. Rb5 Re3 64. Rxc5 Rxf3 65. Kxe2 Rxh3 66. b4 g4 67. Rg5 Re3+ 68. Kd2 g3 69. Rg4 Rf3 70. b5 g2 71. Rg7+ Kb8 72. Rg8+ Kc7 73. Rg7+ Kd6 74. a6 Rg3 75. Rxg3 fxg3 76. a7 g1=Q 77. a8=Q Qd4+ 78. Ke2 Qf2+ 79. Kd3 g2 80. Qd8+ Ke5 81. Qb8+ Ke6 82. Qe8+ Kd6 83. Qd8+ 1/2-1/2

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